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Battlefield 2042 Players Joining XP Farm Servers Are Quickly Discovering That They Are the Prey

Battlefield 2042 players are using Battlefield Portal to join XP farms in hopes to rack up experience to unlock items in-game. Unfortunately, many are quickly discovering that these servers are traps and that they are the ones being hunted.

Battlefield Portal is a new way for players to create their own multiplayer experiences by mixing and matching elements from Battlefield 2042, Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3. This means players can create knives versus defibrillator battles, pit one soldier against 64, and much more.

However, as reported by PC Gamer, many early players are creating XP farming servers that are basically a small human team fighting against a larger team of bots that have little health and no guns. What makes this a problem in Battlefield 2042 is that players who join one of these servers after the smaller human team is full are thrown onto the bot team to be slaughtered.

While this would cause many to instantly quit, PC Gamer's Tyler Wilde noted that there are certain players who are attempting to defeat the odds and rise up against their attackers.

"What's really funny is that not everyone leaves after discovering that only a handful of players in the server are XP farming and they aren't one of them," Wilde wrote. "I've stuck around and watched players desperately run at their tormentors with knives over and over.

"Somewhere along the line, a rumor must've started that typing '/switch' or '/swapteam' into chat puts you on the other team, because there's a lot of that. It does not work. I've also seen strings of players type '/gun,' apparently hoping that the command will give them a gun. It does not."

EA has been working on resolving this issue and decreasing these XP gains for these XP farmers. It's a good thing too, as this issue is impacting more than just those wannabe XP farmers that are turned to prey as it is also causing the Battlefield Portal server limit to be maxed out. EA has confirmed it is working to free up more servers as well.

Battlefield 2042 is set to officially be released on October 18, 2021. However, those with EA Play or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can play a 10-hour trial right now. Additionally, those who purchased the Gold or Ultimate Editions of the game can also jump in early.

In our Battlefield 2042 review in progress, we said, "After a dozen hours with Battlefield 2042, it’s clear not all of its new ideas are entirely successful, but the ones that are can be seriously impressive."

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